Wladyslaw J. Stankiewicz was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1922. Educated in Poland, Scotland (University of St. Andrews) and England (London School of Economics and Political Science), he was Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center of International Studies at Princeton University. He fought against Germany during the Second World War with the Polish Army-in-Exile in France (1940) and as an officer in the 1st Polish Armoured Division for the British in the 1944-1945 Allied campaigns in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, then with the 2nd Polish Corps in Italy. He began teaching at UBC in 1957 and lectured at more than 50 universities around the world. Several of his approximately 20 books have been translated into other languages. Married to Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, he died in Vancouver General Hospital on July 21, 2006.

For more information, visit www.wjstankiewicz.net


Institutional Changes in the Postwar Economy of Poland (with J.M. Montias) (Mid-European Studies Center, New York, 1955)

Politics & Religion in Seventeenth-Century France (Univesity of California Press, 1960, University of Toronto Press 1960; reprinted by Greenwood Press, 1976)

Canada-U.S. Relations & Canadian Foreign Policy (Girs Press, West Chesterfield, N.H., 1973)

Aspects of Political Theory: Classical Concepts in an Age of Relativism (Collier-MacMillan, London, 1976; Transaction Books, New Brunswick, N.J., 1982)

Approaches to Democracy: Philosophy of Government at the Close of the Twentieth Century (Edward Arnold, London, 1980; Copp Clark, Pitman, Toronto, 1980; St. Martin's Press, 1981)

In Search of a Political Philosophy: Ideologies at the Close of the Twentieth Century (Routledge, London & New York, 1993)

The Essential Stankiewicz: On the Importance of Political Theory (Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, B.C., 2001)

Political gnomics. Taipei, Wang Jeau, 2002.

Politická teorie a souèasný svìt (Centrum pro Studium Demokracie a Kultury. Brno, Czech Republic, 2003)

Niezbêdbnoœæ teorii politycznej (Ossolineum, Wroclaw, Poland, 2003)


Political Thought Since World War II: Critical and Interpretive Essays (The Free Press of Glencoe, New York, 1964, 1967, 1971)

The Living Name (University of Toronto Press, 1964)

Crisis in British Government: the Need for Reform (Collier-MacMillan, London, 1967)

In Defense of Sovereignty (Oxford University Press, New York, 1969)

British Government in an Era of Reform (Collier-MacMillan, London, 1976)

The Tradition of Polish Ideals (Orbis Books [London] Ltd., London, 1981)

Essays and Aphorisms

The Accomplished Senator of Laurentius Goslicius (Oficyna Warszawska Abroad, [A. Girs], Munich, 1946)

What is Behavioralism? Thoughts on the Crisis in the Social Sciences (Girs Press, West Chesterfield, N.H., 1971)

Relativism: Thoughts and Aphorisms (Girs Press, West Chesterfield, N.H., 1972)

A Guide to Democratic Jargon (Oficyna S. Gliwa, London,1976)

Normandia 1944 (a war memoir) (Oficyna S. Gliwa, London,1977) [in Polish]

Záznamy/Jottings: Thoughts & Aphorisms [Bilingual English-Czech edition] (1995)

"Ecology and Natural Law" - an essay in the Symposium Holding One's Time in Thought [See below], pp.321-362 (1997)

Political Gnomics: Thoughts & Aphorisms [Bilingual English/Chinese edition] (Wang Jeau, Taipei, 2002)


Holding One's Time in Thought: The Political Philosophy of W.J. Stankiewicz (ed. by B. Czaykowski & S.V. LaSelva), Vancouver, B.C., Ronsdale Press, 1997

Bogdan Czaykowski, "Wladyslaw J. Stankiewicz: Sa vie, son oeuvre," Organon, No.28-30 (Polska Akademia Nauk, Warszawa (2001)

Barry Cooper, "Warrior, exile, teacher" [review of The Essential Stankiewicz] The Review of Politics, Vol. 64, No. 4, (Fall 2002)

Herminio Meireles Teixeira, Review of The Essential Stankiewicz in Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 36, No.4 (September 2003)

[BCBW 2006] "Philosophy" "Politics"